The Study

Writing with Resolve

Happy 2015, everybody! The new year is here, and it's bringing all sorts of excitement with it. As always, a new calendar opens up a bright new future of possibility, and this year...well, this year, I think it's time to finally sit down and write that novel you've been hemming and hawing about for a while. 

Welcome to 2015--The Year of Your Book.

If you haven't already officially resolved to write more this year, take a second and proclaim it for the world to hear. Take your time, warm up your throat a little so the people next door get it loud and clear. Proclaiming resolutions loudly is the best way to make them stick.

Go on! I'll wait. 

That felt good, didn't it?

Now that you've officially resolved to write your novel (or your non-fiction masterpiece), here are a few tips to keep you on the literary straight and narrow:

1. Just Write!

Sounds obvious, right? But the hardest part about writing is writing. Don't let yourself get sidetracked. Set attainable word count goals for yourself, and then knock them out of the park. The best way to finish a manuscript is to finish your manuscript.

2. Focus on Your Story!

It's easy to get lost down the rabbit hole that is book marketing. As you get close to the end of your book, you'll start thinking things like, "What genre does this fit into?" and "Can I make a living off this book?" and "Is my book similar enough to [ridiculously popular book title here]? It has to be very similar to [ridiculously popular book title here], because that book is very popular, and if I write something similar, mine will be popular, too." Don't worry about any of that. Write your book. Don't worry about whether or not it's the next Fifty Shades or whether or not you'll be able to retire off of it or whether or not you can pigeonhole it into a genre. Just tell the story you want to tell.

3. Prepare Thyself for Hard Work!

Publishing a book is a lot of work. The first draft is only the beginning. Get ready to redraft, rewrite, retool, and rework a lot of what you've written. Publishing isn't a sprint; it's a marathon where people line up and batter you with those oversized Q-Tips from the American Gladiators gauntlet while you run. You're likely to get a little battered and bruised on your writing and publishing journey, and believe it or not, that's a good thing. Your book will be all the better for it, and you'll come out as a much stronger storyteller.


You can, should, and will write that new book in 2015. And we're here to help! Even if you're not interested in self-publishing, we'd be happy to bounce around some ideas or throw you some general words of encouragement. Feel free to reach out at any time! 

We can't wait to see what you create this year!

Clayton SmithComment